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  • Titill er á ensku Strengthening MPAs’ networking capacity at transatlantic scale recommendations to implement the common strategy of the networks twinning project from the transatlantic MPA network initiative
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    In recent decades, different efforts and commitments have been made at international and global scales to protect our oceans and their biodiversity, such as at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2002, during the 5th World Parks Congress (WPC) in Durban (South Africa) in 2003, at the 7th Ordinary Conference to the Parties (COP 7) in Marrakech (Morocco) in 2001, to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2004, and COP 8 in Curitiba (Brazil) in 2006. Simultaneously, other initiatives at smaller scales have emerged pursuing the same goals and acting in favour of enhancing the current marine environment degradation process. This is the case of the Transatlantic MPA Network initiative, which seeks to promote collaboration between marine protected area (MPA) institutions, practitioners and experts at the transatlantic level to unify efforts aiming to improve marine conservation and face other global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss.
    This thesis is linked to the MPA Networks Twinning project, a subproject of the Transatlantic MPA Network initiative, which aims to promote networking, unify resources and support capacity building among the regional MPA managers’ networks existing in the Atlantic. In this way, it tries to establish a mechanism of coordination between networks and to define actions to enhance management effectiveness of the MPAs, as well as collaborate to improve other issues of common interest. This study contributes to identify key elements within their existing resources and distinguish potential collaboration between the networks to strengthen and improve their function and capacities. Thereafter, it seeks to define recommendations to be developed to implement the goals described in the common strategy of this project. In this regard, in order to establish a framework of the resources available within the different organizations, the technical support offered by the different networks is summarized, compared and analysed by an information gathering process. Simultaneously, data were extracted using questionnaires to the staff of different MPA institutions operating in the Atlantic. These data were compared with the findings of the information gathering and also helped to determine the necessities and expertise of each network and explore real and feasible potential collaborations between the institutions. Finally, actions are recommended to implement the common strategy of the MPA Networks Twinning project to establish a mechanism of collaboration between these organizations. This study confirms the existence of a great potential to establish links with beneficial outcomes between the different regional networks of MPA managers involved in this project. The recommendations, based on the finding of this study, propose to develop links at different level (bi, tri or tetra lateral) depending on their common interest, difficulties, weaknesses or strengths previously identified. Accordingly, the actions are related to share specific technical support between networks to complement each other services, develop collaboration to manage, create technical support or address particular management topics or issues, among others.
    Keywords: regional MPA networks of managers, Transatlantic MPA Network, MPA management, institutional cooperation.

  • 16.6.2020

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